Ex-Duke shooting guard, Rasheed Sulaimon took an unofficial visit to the University of Maryland this past Thursday and Friday. Sulaimon is set to graduate from Duke this summer, where he was dismissed from the team by Coach K, and is free to transfer after his graduation.
While his character may be in question, his skills on the court certainly are not. A high school standout, Sulaimon was named to the McDonalds All American team, an honor only the most elite college prospects receive. However, the talent college coaches saw from Sulaimon in high school didn’t always translate to his performance for Coach K and the Blue Devils. Throughout his three seasons at Duke, Sulaimon’s minutes, points, assists, and rebounds per game dropped off incrementally. While rumors of a possible sexual assault incident have surfaced, Sulaimon asserts that he was dismissed due to consistent arguments with Coach K regarding playing time.
That being said, Sulaimon is definitely the most touted transfer prospect in recent memory, and it looks as though coach Turgeon of the Maryland Terps is willing to see past the possible behavioral issues. And nobody can blame him.
The Terrapins landed one of their best recruiting classes in recent memory with three big time prospects coming in to lock down the front court. Now, Turgeon will look to add Sulaimon alongside budding star Melo Trimble in the backcourt.
If the Terps land Sulaimon they will be one of the best in the country from a talent prospective, but Sulaimon’s checkered past might lead to chemistry issues down the road. After Coach K dismissed Sulaimon, the Blue Devils’ play ascended to a higher level, ultimately leading to an NCAA title.
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